It depends on who you ask. I never quite felt stable in the early years of treatment, but I was assured that I was.
I think mental health professionals have different criteria for stability and functioning than us patients do.
To answer the question a little differently, it took about three years before I got the right diagnosis, and was taking decent meds.
And, I was not able to fight for myself in those days. Not at all.
I relied on help from my parents to navigate the system.
I’m just lucky I had someone to go to bat for me. A lot of us don’t have that.
How long did it take you to notice a degree of stability, regardless of what the doctor was saying? And, was there a difference in what they were saying vs. what you were feeling?